Rachel West

Associate Editor / Senior Critic
Rachel West is a former senior producer for ET Canada and Cineplex with a B.A. (Honours) in Film Studies from Carleton University. She has interviewed everyone from Michael Fassbender to Miss Piggy and has reported live from TIFF, SXSW, Star Wars Celebration, Comic-Con, D23, CinemaCon, BAFTA Tea Party, the SAG Awards, and the Golden Globes, among other events. Her film writing and interviews have appeared in publications and outlets including Entertainment Tonight Canada, Global News, Shaw Connect, The National Post, Toronto Film Scene, Cineplex Magazine, CAA Magazine, Mondo Magazine, Discover Toronto, The Weather Network and more. Rachel’s hobbies include introducing herself to cats she meets on the street, travelling, quoting obscure lines from “The Simpsons” and posting all about it on Twitter. Rachel is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA), Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and has served on several film festival juries including the Rising Sun International Film Festival in Japan, the Tallgrass Film Festival and the ICFF Lavazza Inclucity Festival.


Articles by Rachel West:


  • paradise-hills-feature-image-02
    October 22, 2019

    TADFF 2019: Paradise Hills Review

    Paradise Hills tells a dark fantasy/sci-fi tale about a mysterious school that transforms rebellious young girls into compliant young women.

  • 8 Harold Holscher Toronto After Dark Featured
    October 20, 2019

    TADFF 2019: 8 Review

    After making a deal with the devil, a man tries to make amends in 8, a South African horror movie steeped in folklore.

  • October 15, 2019

    TADFF 2019: Alaska Review

    Social anxiety makes for a macabre and hilarious combo in the TADFF 2019 short Alaska.

  • Guns Akimbo Daniel Radcliffe TIFF 2019 Review
    September 13, 2019

    TIFF 2019: Guns Akimbo Review

    Harry Potter has guns bolted to his hands. If that concept doesn’t have you on board, Guns Akimbo is not for you.

  • The Kitchen Review
    August 10, 2019

    The Kitchen Review 

    The Kitchen is a messy, half-cooked crime-drama that never rises to the occasion despite having all the right ingredients.

  • Dumbo Review
    March 30, 2019

    Dumbo Review

    The live action Dumbo remake will win over families and Disney die hards, but what will Tim Burton fans think of this elephant tale?

  • The Highwaymen Review
    March 14, 2019

    SXSW 2019: The Highwaymen Review

    Netflix’s latest original movie The Highwaymen packs in the star power but does it live up to the thrilling tale of the hunt for Bonnie and Clyde?

  • Arctic Mads Mikkelsen Review
    February 5, 2019

    Arctic Review

    Mads Mikkelsen enters the “man vs. wilderness” genre with a near-wordless performance in Arctic, the debut feature from Brazilian YouTube phenom Joe Penna.